ADHD medication abuse rising among students

On its front page, the New York Times examined the increasing use of attention-deficit/hyperactivity (AD/HD) disorder medications, such as Adderall (dextroamphetamine and amphetamine), by students who use them to study harder and test better in high-stress school environments.

The medicines are bought, sold, and traded to gain a competitive edge, leading to more scrutiny of people who don’t need them and problems for people who do.

Prescriptions for AD/HD medications are up 26 percent for people aged 10 to 19 since 2007, and now account for about 21 prescriptions a year.

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